Bird & Bird has strengthened its international Media, Entertainment and Sport group with the arrival of partner Brianna Quinn in Sydney. She joined the firm on 1 June 2023 and will be working closely with Bird & Bird’s Sydney and London offices.
With over a decade of experience at a leading international arbitration firm in Geneva, Switzerland, Brianna has advised and represented a wide range of international federations and other clients across various sports.
Brianna has significant expertise advising on sport regulatory, governance, and contentious matters, including (among others) anti-doping, anti-corruption and match-fixing, safeguarding, and sports governance and regulations. She has represented many clients before international sports tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Brianna also sits as a permanent arbitrator on the closed list of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), where she resolves contractual claims between international basketball stakeholders. Additionally, she is a member of the Ethics Board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and a director of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANSZLA).
Brianna’s skills and experience as a sports lawyer with deep regulatory, governance, integrity, and disputes experience are highly complementary to Bird & Bird’s international Media, Entertainment and Sport group. With her joining the firm, Brianna (an Australian-qualified lawyer) makes Bird & Bird Sydney the largest dedicated sport practice in Australia, with a full-service offering for all sports commercial and regulatory/contentious matters, and further strengthens the London and wider international sport team. Her appointment therefore further enhances Bird & Bird’s top-ranked sport team’s ability to service clients on an international and cross-border basis.
Andy Danson, head of the international Media, Entertainment and Sport group at Bird & Bird, says: “Brianna brings fantastic international experience with her, and the nature of her work means she has great synergy with our existing international sport group. Brianna’s appointment is a part of an ambitious internationalisation and expansion strategy of the sport group, and her work with international federations, clubs, and other sports bodies makes her a strong addition to the firm.”
Shane Barber, head of Bird & Bird Australia, adds: “I’m pleased to welcome Brianna to our ever-growing Sydney office. This is a very exciting time for Australian sport, with almost 30 major sports events confirmed to take place in Australia over the next decade. The depth of Brianna’s expertise will ensure that we remain the go-to law firm for our clients on some of the most important and complex issues in the international sports sector.”
Brianna Quinn, comments: “Bird & Bird has a market leading sport sector group that is internationally renowned. I am very excited to return to my home country, Australia, while remaining at the forefront of sports law. I’m looking forward to working closely with my talented colleagues in Sydney, London and internationally to support our clients.”
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